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HOW DO I USE DNA IN FAMILY HISTORY?


Curious about DNA? Thinking of Testing?

There are a number of sources of information about DNA testing on the web, including Facebook and YouTube. Major testing companies such as FamilyTree DNA, Ancestry DNA and 23andMe etc have useful resources, including webinars.

The SAG has an Introduction to DNA Testing Webinar available for purchase through the SAG online shop, which will introduce you to using DNA testing as a tool in your research. Learn the basics required to get started: the types of tests, who to test, where to test, how to test, how much it costs, what you get and practical applications.

The Federation of Family History Societies in the UK has released a paper to help family historians understand more about DNA testing. While Australian laws may operate differently it contains some worthwhile advice and is included here courtesy of the Federation.   

Tested and want to know what to do next?

To be effective in DNA research you firstly need to be familiar with the evaluation tools provided by your testing company, and secondly be aware of some of the key concepts that underpin the analysis process. Testing companies such as Family Tree DNA, AncestryDNA, 23andMe, My Heritage etc all provide a range of educational items to assist with their product and all new users should gain familiarity with the relevant testing company's site.

The SAG also has the following webinars available for purchase in the shop which are considered the base skills needed for those wishing to undertake DNA research:

  • DNA Research, Key Concepts. This webinar aims to summarise some of the underlying key concepts that DNA researchers need to understand to be effective.

In addition to webinars, the SAG hosts lectures and hands on computer workshops focussed on practical applications using DNA sites and third party tools. Please check the Events Calendar for details of upcoming activities.

Want to dig deeper into your DNA results, expand your tree or break down a brick wall?

The SAG has three DNA Research Groups which you can attend to learn more about DNA.

Here is a list of upcoming DNA sessions 

Upcoming events

    • 4 Apr 2020
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Your place
    • 13
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    Learn the basic DNA concepts and the first steps of interpreting your DNA test results. This session covers all of the popular DNA testing companies. There will be plenty of time for questions and discussion.

    This group meeting will now be held as a webinar. Book using this event listing and then confirm your seat for the webinar using the link in your confirmation email.

    Skill level: Beginners     Presenter: Barbara McAlary    

    Note: Members need to be logged in to the site to make an event booking.

    • 4 Apr 2020
    • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    • 120 Kent Street Sydney NSW
    • 34

    This session is primarily for people who are already working with Family Tree DNA test results and want to learn more about using that website for analysing their results. However people who have not yet tested may also find it useful to decide whether to test with FTDNA.

    This session will now be held as a webinar. See below for any new bookings.

    Skill level: All, beginners welcome     Presenter: Sandra Gamble

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    • 4 Apr 2020
    • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Your place
    • 67
    Register

    This session is primarily for people who are already working with Family Tree DNA test results and want to learn more about using that website for analysing their results. However people who have not yet tested may also find it useful to decide whether to test with FTDNA.

    This webinar replaces the lecture on the same topic which had to be cancelled due to COVID-19.

    If you were booked for the lecture you will be transferred to this webinar and will receive an email with the link. New bookings are welcome and as a special deal this webinar is also open to non-members.

    Book using this event listing and confirm your seat using the link in the confirmation email.

    Skill level: All, beginners welcome     Presenter: Sandra Gamble

    Note: Members need to be logged in to the site to make an event booking.

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